Joliet's manuscript map of North America, 1674
Nouvelle decouverte de plusieurs nations dans la Nouvelle France en l'année 1673 et 1674.
After Louis Joliet had returned from exploring the Mississippi River with Fr. Jacques Marquette, he drew a map from memory at the request of French officials. It showed North America as a whole, with the relationships between the St. Lawrence, the Great Lakes, the Mississippi, and the Gulf of Mexico depicted as he understood them. Joliet's original manuscript has never been found, but five contemporary copies were made, one of which (printed in volume 59 of the Thwaites edition of the Jesuit Relations) is linked below.
Explorers, Traders, and Settlers|
Arrival of the First Europeans
|Creator: ||Joliet, Louis, 1645-1700.
|Pub Data: ||From the Jesuit Relations, vol. 59, p. facing 86.
|Citation: ||Joliet, Louis. Nouvelle decouverte de plusieurs nations dans la Nouvelle France en l'année 1673 et 1674 [map]. From The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents, ed. by Reuben Gold Thwaites (Cleveland: Burrows Bros. Co., 1896-1901), vol. 59;
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